It's summer time and you are probably really busy and hot. 

A salad can be a perfect way to throw together a nourishing and refreshing meal that the entire family can enjoy.

When building a salad, you should have three goals in mind:

1. Loaded in nutrient-dense foods (ahem, not iceberg lettuce with a few shredded carrots on top).

2. Full of protein and healthy fats to keep you full longer (ain't nobody got time to be hungry an hour after eating).

3. Full of deliciousness (stop the boring salad madness and learn how to drool over every salad you make).

Most people have a goal of creating a salad that is low in calories to help them "shred fat fast." 

I challenge you to take a different approach to your diet and salad-making skills altogether.  

Here's the deal, you need calories. And not just any calories, ones that fuel your best health. Eating a plate full of iceberg lettuce and shredded carrots is doing nothing for your health, including shredding more fat. 

Ultimately, your goal should be to nourish your body from the inside out and then weight loss will take care of itself without every having to stress about it. 

Use the guide below to create your next mind-blowing salad that gets you excited about nourishing yourself each and every day. 

 

Building a Perfect Salad

Key ingredients:

1. Dark Leafy Greens

My favorites: spinach, swiss chard, arugula, baby kale, red and green leaf lettuce, and watercress. 

2. Protein

My favorites: soft boiled eggs (boil for 5 minutes), smoked ham, prosciutto, grilled chicken or salmon, bacon, kidney, beans, and seared steak. 

3. Crunchy Veggies

My Favorites: carrots, baby broccoli stems, shallots, radishes, cucumbers, and green onions.

4. Other Toppings

My favorites: sunflower seeds, avocado, olives, feta cheese, strawberries, mushrooms, sliced almond, walnuts, brown rice or quinoa penne pasta, and tomatoes.

5. Dressing (avoid any with vegetable oils like canola, soybean, sunflower and safflower oils)

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What are your favorite salad toppings? Comment below!